What is Intolerance?

In colloquial language, a lot of people use the words ‘allergy’ and ‘intolerance’ virtually nter-changeably. How many times have you heard people say “Oh, I’m dairy intolerant!” or “I’m wheat intolerant”. They also use the term ‘sensitivity’, as in ‘food-sensitivities’.
As long as people understand what you mean by food intolerance, the exact term used doesn’t seem to matter much…..or does it?

Dr. Jimmy Scott PhD, founder of Health Kinesiology speaks very knowledgably on this subject in a short video at http://www.youtube.com/user/HealthKinesiology, click on the link to Allergy Ignorance Part 2.

He regards intolerance as a purely metabolic issue, rather than any of the allergy definitions given on this website. By this he means that the body can only handle [metabolise] a certain amount of a substance, and then it becomes overloaded, resulting in uncomfortable and inappropriate reactions that in many ways mirror allergic reactions.

If you have ever eaten a whole bucket of chocolate chip icecream, you will know what I mean!
However, if a person’s system has become so out of balance that they experience distressing symptoms when consuming or being exposed to very tiny amounts of a substance, eg the merest trace of gluten in a sauce, or the slightest whiff of someone’s perfume, then the issue here is one of a metabolic disturbance, in that their body cannot metabolise, absorb or excrete any more of the substance at that time.

Just to complicate things further, intolerance can occur at much higher levels. Say you were intolerant to wheat but did not realise it because on most days you did not exceed your tolerance level having had cornflakes for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch, with meat and 3 veg for your evening meal. But say on another day you had a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and then pasta in the evening, along with a bread roll and gateau for dessert. The effects you would be feeling then could be due to an intolerance to wheat, at that relatively high level.

Using Health Kinesiology muscle testing [see page on HK] it is possible to indicate what is the upper limit of your tolerance levels for each individual substance, and then rebalance your energy system in order to raise your tolerance levels.

It is also possible to test for specific lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, relaxation and work-play balance, which will give your system a chance to recover.
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